rump’s Loyalty to Rural Voters Is Under Scrutiny at USDA Nominee’s Hearing

When Sonny Perdue III appears before a Senate panel Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become U.S. secretary of agriculture, lawmakers and farm groups will likely have few concerns about whether the former Georgia governor can do the job.

They’re more worried about the policies of his boss, who won the White House with the support of rural voters and is planning steep cuts to the agency that most directly serves small-town interests…

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